Candidates looking to explore a life of ordained ministry undertake a period of discernment followed by ordination training. Upon successful completion of their course, they will be ordained a deacon by the Bishop, and will begin a curacy in a parish. Curacy is an opportunity to serve alongside an experienced vicar as they prepare for their own ministry and usually lasts about three years.
As a deacon you are able to do weddings and baptisms, but you must be ordained priest before you can preside over Holy Communion. Most candidates are ordained a priest after a year of curacy.
Meet our Deacons
Meet our deacons who were ordained on Sunday 25 June at Peterborough Cathedral. Please pray for them as they their curacies in the Diocese.
Graham Brack worked as a pharmacist for over forty years before retiring and seeking ordination. He was licensed as a Reader in 1991 in the Diocese of Truro and served there before moving to this Diocese in 2019. Graham is married to Gillian (also a pharmacist) and has two grown up children and three grandchildren. In his spare time he writes crime novels and enjoys watching rugby, football and cricket.
Graham will be serving his curacy in the benefice of Blisworth, Alderton, Grafton Regis, Milton Malsor and Stoke Bruerne with Shutlanger.
Marta was born in Peru and spent twelve years a social worker before training for ordination. As a pioneer she is passionate about community and acceptance, something she experienced living in the diverse and inclusive city of Bristol for three years. Marta loves sport and music, visiting festivals and playing hockey and netball, including setting up her own netball club in Bristol.
Marta will be serving her curacy in the parish of St Benedict's, Northampton.
Known to many as Chad, Steven has been the Youth Mission Enabler for the Diocese since 2015 encouraging all young people to know Jesus and all churches to enable them to do so. As a self-supporting minister he will continue to work in this role full-time after his ordination. Steven loves the outdoors along with poetry and rugby. He also leads wine appreciation evenings and is very knowledgeable about all things grape!
Steven will be serving his curacy in the parish of All Saints, Earls Barton
Jo is married to an ordained minister who she met working at an outdoor activity centre. Together they have four children ranging in age from 16 to 21 and with their combined love of the outdoors try to get away on family adventures when possible. Jo has a calling to chaplaincy and has particularly enjoyed her studies in Disability Theology and her placement in prison chaplaincy.
Jo will be serving her curacy in the benefice of Desborough, Brampton Ash, Dingley and Braybrooke.
Joe is currently living in Oxford with his wife Gemma and their three young daughters whilst Joe studies at Wycliffe Hall. Having come to faith together, Joe and Gemma are excited to see what God plans for them next as they move to Corby to start Joe's Curacy. He is a keen golfer, and loves cycling as well as taking part in half ironman challenges. Joe says he sees golf as being a key part of his future ministry.
Joe will be serving his curacy in the parish of St John's, Corby.
Ben first sensed a calling to ordained ministry in his teens, initially working as a trusts and foundations fundraiser for a London based youth charity supporting those facing significant social challenges. During training at Ridley Hall, Ben met his wife Livvy who is also to be ordained on 25 June. Ben's hobbies include sport, music and travel.
Ben will be serving his curacy in the parish of Gleneagles, Wellingborough.
Livvy was a Christian before going to York University at 18, but this period was highly significant for the development of her faith and placed a passion in her heart for spreading the gospel. After a stint working in London, Livvy started her studies for ordination at Ridley Hall where she met her husband Ben. Livvy loves running and is passionate about helping young women find their identity in Christ.
Livvy will be serving her curacy in the parish of Gleneagles, Wellingborough.
The fire of faith was ignited for Angie on visiting a baby clinic with her third child which ultimately led her to lay ministry and then onto ordination training. Having spent time immersed in the breadth and diversity of the Church of England, and spending time at All Hallows in Wellingborough, Angie has found herself most comfortable in the Anglo Catholic tradition and enjoys chanting psalms. A keen caravanner, a great fan of the outoors, walking, camping and exploring places of history.
Angie will be serving her curacy in the parish of St Peter & St Paul with St Michael & All Angels and All Saints, Kettering.
Having grown up in a Christian family, Cecily received her call to ordination in her teens and after a period of discernment began her studies in Durham, where she met her husband Shakeel. Having spent her final year of studies commuting to Durham whilst Shakeel started his curacy in Rutland, Cecily then spent a year working as a Graduate Chaplaincy Assistant at Uppingham School. Together Cecily and Shakeel have a Labrador called Aslan and two rabbits called Lettie and Mungo.
Cecily will be serving her curacy in the benefice of Cottesmore & Burley with Thistleton, Clipsham, Exton, Greetham and Stretton.
A background in the outdoors activities industry led Andy to become a youth worker before training for ordination. He is passionate about mission and reaching out to the least and the lost in society. A father of three teenagers with a love of outdoor adventure, Andy enjoys walking, canoeing, paddle boarding and climbing before a night in with a pizza and a movie or board game.
Andy will be serving his curacy in the benefice of Thrapston, Denford and Islip.
With a rich and varied background involving teaching, youth work, parenting, and working as a children and families worker, Gill sees her ordination as the next step on her adventure, seeing God go before her, showing the way and trusting with each new step. Alongside her four grandchildren, Gill enjoys walking, reading, music, theatre film and art.
Gill will be serving her curacy in the benefice of Paston.
Rob trained for ordination at St Mellitus College while serving at St John’s Corby and St James’ Gretton. He will serve his curacy in Brackley benefice. He has a passion for teaching theology and is excited to enter a new phase of ministry.
Rob will serve his curacy in the benefice of Brackley.
Meet our new Priests
Meet our current deacons, who will be ordained as priest on Sunday 25 June. Please pray for them as they undertake their ordination vows and continue with their curacies.
Before training for ordination at Trinity College in Bristol, Holly worked for a church as a community children and families worker, seeking to support and build relationships with local families facing any kind of need. She was ordained as deacon last year and has been serving her curacy in the benefice of Wollaston with Strixton & Bozeat & Easton Maudit Holly is married to Simon and her hobbies include playing the guitar, reading, crochet, and Lego.
Having spent all his life in Northampton, Andrew moved to Bristol where his wife, now a rector in the Diocese studied for her ordination. Andrew, who was a fabricator and draughtsman, spent time as a lay minister before deciding that his calling was to ordination. He also trained in Bristol and will continue his curacy in the parish of St Andrew and St Barnabas, Wellingborough.
Tracy has spent the last year serving her curacy in the parish of St Peter & St Paul, Abington. It has been a busy year and there have been many new experiences, but she says she has felt welcomed, supported, and encouraged in this first year of ordained ministry. Together with her daughter she enjoys walking her dog around the beautiful Abington Park, watching the changing seasons in all their glory.
A retired midwife, Kim is serving her curacy in the Spencer benefice, Northamptonshire. This is made up of 6 parishes in small villages. She is also a waterway’s chaplain, coming alongside all those on the waterways helping pastorally and spiritually responding to those she meets. She enjoys reading, narrow boating, walking the dogs, sewing, knitting, playing bar skittles (apparently unique to Northamptonshire!) and entertaining.
After serving as a children's worker, Evie began to explore her calling and went on to complete ordination training at Ripon College. She is serving her curacy part time in the parish of St Peters, Weston Favell whilst also being a sessional chaplain at the local hospital. She describes it as a huge privilege to be able to pray with a family, or simply sit with a patient during their most painful and challenging times. A mum of two, Evie loves her annual trip to Cornwall to walk by the sea.
Attracted and sustained by the local Anglican Church’s adaptability and by its welcoming nature, Shilo felt strongly that he was being called by God to explore the possibility of a vocation in the service of Christ. As he says; when God leads us to discern His plan in our life, everything is possible and our competence comes from the grace of God. Shilo is serving his curacy in the benefice of Castor.
Becka is a part time Pioneer Minister serving her curacy in the parish of St John's and St Luke's right in the centre of Peterborough, whilst also being a part time primary school teacher. She has enjoyed building relationships and preaching, praying and serving in church whilst supporting missional activities such as St John's support hub. Becka is looking forward to further opportunities to think about growing faith outside of the church walls as her curacy continues.